James D. Cantore (born February 16,
1964, in Beacon Falls, Connecticut) is an American meteorologist. He is
best known as an on-air personality for The Weather Channel.
A native of Beacon Falls,
Connecticut, who was raised in White River Junction, Vermont, Cantore
graduated from Lyndon State College in 1986; The Weather Channel gave
him his first job out of college in July of that year, and he has worked
with the channel ever since. Though not with the weather network since
its beginning, Cantore has become one of the most well-known
meteorologists on television.
Cantore has been lauded for his ability to "break down" complicated
weather events into terms that the average viewer can understand.
Cantore is often selected to go to report on weather events; since the
ratings for the Weather Channel increase during severe weather events,
Cantore has, in turn, become a recognizable figure.
he is best known for his live field coverage of major weather events
(such as Hurricanes Ike, Gustav, Katrina, Isabel, Rita, Andrew, Floyd,
Mitch, Bonnie and Irene), his contributions span well beyond severe
weather field reporting. His early work at TWC included developing the
audience favorite Fall Foliage Forecast. He has reported from events
such as the Space Shuttle Discovery launch, the "Winter X Games," PGA
tournaments, NFL games, and more. Jim is a member of both the National
Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society. He holds
the AMS Television Seal of Approval. He also received the NOAA-David S.
Johnson Award in 2003 for his innovative use of environmental satellite
Aside from live reporting for TWC, Cantore also serves as the narrator
on the TWC series Storm Stories.
He is also featured in the beginning of the Stockton, CA Thunder Hockey
team Entrance Video saying "Hello, this is meteorologist Jim Cantore
from the Weather Channel; a special weather advisory has been issued for
the Central Valley—a 100% chance of thunder."
After NBC Universal's acquisition of The Weather Channel in 2008,
Cantore has occasionally filled in for Al Roker on The Today Show.